A peaceful protest, such as an organized march, is of course protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In particular:
- or abridging the freedom of speech,
- or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
When a peaceful protest turns into a riot, and a business such as a Quick Trip convenience store is destroyed, then that is illegal destruction of property as well as a few other laws being violated.
Likewise, the burning of the United States flag is destruction of property,and should be illegal because of hostile intent. It should be a federal crime because the flag of the country should be classified as federal property even when one is owned by a citizen or anyone else.
I recall a report in the news a long time ago that some communities have simply used fire laws and fire bans to solve the problem, so that burning anything (not just the flag) not authorized is a crime as a fire hazard that could spread the fire. Usually it is a misdemeanor crime with punishment of a fine instead of time in jail, but could be elevated to the level of arson to get some jail time.
Speaking against the country and flag is legal, protected by freedom of speech. Even so, when a person feels that strongly about it, and is a United States citizen, then that person should be invited to leave the country and give up citizenship.
Regarding Trump wanting to jail someone who burns the flag, or kick that person out of the country, I favor kicking that person out of the country. Doing so would be no burden to taxpayers. Putting more people in already over-crowded jails and prisons will only jack up the national debt and burden taxpayers.
For many other kinds of crimes, I also favor banishment and loss of citizenship, instead of warehousing people in jails or prisons at the expense of taxpayers. After all, why punish taxpayers for what criminals do. Why should we have to house, feed, clothe, and provide health care to people trying to hurt us? Makes no sense. Sp I favor banishment or executing them.
As for people who burn our flag who are not United States citizens, whether or not done here in the United States or in another country, doing so should be considered an attack on our country. An attack on our flag is an attack on our country and its people. I’m in favor of stomping such scum of the earth into a deep hole in the ground and then making sure they can never do so again.
Trump is right on a related issue – that we need to build up our military, make it so strong that no enemy ever again dares to even spit in our direction.
Editorial Article by Jim Lantern
LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL
Wednesday morning, 30 November 2016
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